Under the direction of Côrte-Real, the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi will perform compositions by Edvard Grieg, Dvorák, and debut the symphony ‘Noa Noa’ written by the Portuguese composer.
“The idea of this symphony has to do with the French painter Paul Gauguin because he was twice in Tahiti to paint at the end of his life at the end of the 19th century and wrote the book entitled ‘Noa Noa’ , which means ‘perfume’, in Tahitian. This my symphony has five movements, each one with the title of several paintings that he painted in Tahiti “explained Nuno Côrte-Real.
The composer synthesizes that his symphony “drinks a little [the influence] of the orgy of colors, forms and symbolism that all Gauguin paintings have”.
As with Paul Gauguin, Côrte-Real admitted that his career is also undergoing a new phase, with the “attempt to liberate music”, and to walk a “way of discovery” through dialogue with other arts.
The Portuguese composer has already written pieces that were based on the poems ‘O Búzio de Cós’, ‘A Hera’, ‘Beira-Mar’ and ‘Orpheu’, by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (interpreted by the Castile and León Symphonic Orchestra) and in verses by José Luís Peixoto (performed by jazz singer Maria João and Ensemble Darcos).
The Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, under the direction of Côrte-Real, has scheduled two concerts on Wednesday and Thursday in Milan (Italy) and two in Portugal on Saturday at the Teatro-Cine in Torres Vedras and, on Sunday, at the Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon.
In Portugal, the concerts are part of the Darcos Season, which is divided between Torres Vedras and Lisbon and which, for three years, has invited international orchestras for its annual program.
“There is a strong desire of the orchestras to make digressions and to know new rooms, and Lisbon is a very desirable destination”, affirmed the composer of Torres Vedras.
Nuno Côrte-Real is the director of the Darcos Season and the Ensemble Darcos group, which was created by him in 2002, and that has artistic residence in Torres Vedras since 2006.
Nuno Côrte-Real is regularly performed by the Royal Scottish Academy Brass, the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Remix Ensemble and the OrchestrUtópica, among other formations, as well as soloists and maestros such as Stefan Asbury, Kaasper de Roo, Cristoph Konig , Paul Crossley, John Wallace, David Alan Miller, Mats Lidstrom, Paulo Lourenço and Cesário Costa.